Rep. Paul Cook named new chairman of House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

By on October 29, 2017

Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressman Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley) has recently been named as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. The Western Hemisphere Subcommittee covers political relations between the U.S. and other nations in North and South America. Specifically, the committee conducts oversight on regional institutions, US foreign assistance, regional activities of the United Nations, and all regional security pacts.

Rep. Cook was named as the new chairman for the subcommittee by Rep. Ed Royce (R-39th District-Fullerton), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Rep. Royce named Rep. Cook as chairman following the departure of South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3rd District-Anderson) from the committee earlier this week.

Rep. Royce said, “As a former Marine Corps colonel, Rep. Cook is deeply committed to defending U.S. interests worldwide. I look forward to working with him to continue holding the Castro and Maduro regimes accountable for their brutal repression, while increasing U.S. commercial opportunities throughout the hemisphere.”

Rep. Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years, with the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. In addition to now serving as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Rep. Cook also serves as a he House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees.

Regarding his recent appointment Rep Cook said, “There are conflicts and crises around the world, but we have tough challenges in our own backyard. With the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I plan to help hold accountable rogue regimes in Venezuela and Cuba, support our allies in their struggle against the drug cartels, and find ways to promote security and economic prosperity across the hemisphere. I’m honored to further the good work of the subcommittee and the work of my friend and full-committee Chairman Ed Royce in promoting American interests in the Western Hemisphere.”